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January 31, 2011

Now the Austrian Mint presents their 2011 issues. Added to their presentation is a very lovable robot mascot on stage with them. A Pummerin bell coin of 5 Euro will be available, plus a special News Years packaging with the Pummerin Bell coin, which may be hard to find now for many avid collectors. The Austrian Mint used a mobile sales unit and sold these spe3cial packaged coins on squares direct to the public. Their emphasis on new marketing approaches are quite interesting and may prove aq turning poitn that other mints might emulate. International Year of Forest 5 Euro will depict a stag. Animal coins for Austria are not so commonly done, so it may be of interest to animal coin collectors. A 20 Euro Carnuntum coin with Roman theme, 100 Euro gold Crown of Bohemia coin fifth in the Hapsburg series, and others will be featured this year. Check the Austrian Mint website for many more issues and information.

Now we hear from the Spanish Royal Mint. Much anticipated was a World Champions coins for the South African World Cup series, a gold 20 Euro and silver 10 Euro have been struck dated 2010 and are nearly sold out. A 20 Euro silver coin in pack was also issued and available more in public venues for those supporting the National Soccer Team. A series of Capitals coins look very interesting and their packaging is wonderful. there will be 52 coins in the series and they should all be launched with just a few years. The Spanish Royal Mint ancient coin series continues with more coins of the Visigoths. a circulating 2 Euro Cordoba coin for 2010 and a Granada type for 2011 are available. Silver 10 Euro Amazon River explorer Orellana, and other coins will also be out in 2011.


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Tom Michael has been Krause Publications primary market analyst on more than 80 world and United States coin catalogs produced over the last 20 years. He came to KP in 1987 with a bachelor of arts degree in history, a master of arts degree in economics and a history of coin collecting stretching back to the 1960s. He began collecting world coins as a child by asking friends and relatives to bring coins back from overseas trips, visiting flea markets and having his mother watch for foreign coins in her register at the local grocery store. Today he works with a dedicated base of over 200 contributors to provide accurate market values for the five-volume Standard Catalog of World Coins series, as well as many specialty catalogs, including Coins & Currency of the Middle East and the fifth edition of Unusual World Coins.

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